National Hockey League (NHL) Becoming More Gay Friendly Sport?

  • metta

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    Jun 23, 2010 12:05 AM GMT
    Inspired by Brendan, Is Hockey Becoming the Most Gay-Friendly Sport?

    The death of Brendan Burke earlier this year--not long after Brendan, the son of the former hockey star and current Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke came out as gay--was a tragedy for sports fans and the GLBT community alike. But the brave young man’s untimely death in a car accident last winter was not in vain: the U.S. Hockey Team chose to remember him by wearing dog tags in his honor at this year’s Winter Olympics in Canada.

    Patrick went on to write, "But the protective older brother side of me waited for the other shoe to drop. I waited to get a negative email, or to read a damning article, or to hear a snide comment at a game. I waited, and I waited, and I waited... and I got what I should have expected the entire time: love, support, and admiration."

    That admiration extends not only among the fans of the sport, but to its officials as well: in Brendan’s memory, the Stanley Cup--the most prized trophy in hockey--will be carried in the Chicago Pride Parade by Blackhawks team member Brent Sopel

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    Jun 23, 2010 12:34 AM GMT
    When I heard about Brendan's death, I was very surprised and thrilled to see the support the team he worked for, the Miami, OH Redhawks has shown for him. I respect the team even more.

    His death has made a tremendous difference to the sport of hockey.

    I could only dream to have the same effect.
  • calibro

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    Jun 23, 2010 2:18 AM GMT
    I think the last part was very touching too.

    ""We teach our kids about accepting everybody. Tolerate everybody, to understand where everyone is coming from," Sopel said.

    Brendan’s father, Brian Burke, also has plans to march in the Toronto Pride Parade, which kicks off June 25--plans that he and Brendan had made before Brendan’s tragic death in February. Moreover, Brian Burke has become an outspoken advocate for safe schools."
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    Jun 23, 2010 2:24 AM GMT
    I love hockey, and I'm really glad to see that Brendan was able to have this great of an impact on the sport. Hopefully other Pro sports leagues can follow suit.
  • BuckeyeJock13

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    Jun 23, 2010 2:50 AM GMT
    The Columbus Blue Jackets had a "Pride Night" this past season which was very cool. After the game, A Columbus gay hockey team played a gay hockey team from Chicago on the ice. The Blue Jackets are already planning another Pride Night for the upcoming season. I'm not sure if any other NHL team has done this yet, but it was a great time.
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    Jun 23, 2010 3:27 AM GMT
    This could have done under hockey .. a previous post related
  • hartfan

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    Jun 23, 2010 9:01 AM GMT
    This news is very gratifying. This must be very affirming for gay NHL players and fans and everyone who knows and cares about someone gay in their lives. Bravo for the NHL and the sport of hockey, widely seen as one of the least gay-friendly sports out there. What makes this even better is that I get the sense people are doing this for the right reasons and not because they're just pandering to the pink dollar or political correctness.